Stefanik Wants Answers On Missile Defense Site

Stefanik Wants Answers On Missile Defense Site

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There were some tough words from north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik as she demands an answer from the Department of Defense as to its preferred site for an East Coast missile defense.

In the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, Stefanik noted that back in March, the acting Secretary of Defense said he would share the designation with the committee. 

But, it hasn't happened.

"Let me make it perfectly clear. It is our expectation that we will hear from the Secretary of Defense, what the preferred site is. You have three communities who've worked incredibly hard to advocate on behalf of this. One of mine is Fort Drum which I believe is the strongest community to be the preferred site," said Stefanik.

At Wednesday's hearing, Stefanik said she expected a response that day from the Department of Defense. 

On Thursday, a Stefanik spokeswoman said, "No one has contacted us and a decision has not been made that we know of."

Also on Thursday, Stefanik announced her Fort Drum appropriations requests passed through the first phase of the budget process.

Stefanik’s requests regarding Fort Drum’s railhead and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Hangar were passed during this week’s markup of the FY2020 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill.

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